EDN offers capital providers an active pipeline of qualified Business Enterprise projects around the world — and the opportunity to contribute and obtain relevant business information, tools and training through the EDN Search Engine.
Organizations that serve as funding sources – in particular lenders, equity investors, donors, and joint venture partners – are encouraged to participate in EDN by providing content to the EDN Search Engine. The EDN Search Engine provides a free, centralized Web-based platform for EDN Search Engine Contributors that serve as funding sources to connect with vetted business service providers – EDN Originators – and learn about sound local projects that will help foster business development and growth. To become an EDN Contributor, click on the Become an EDN Contributor button at left.
Some organizations that serve as funding sources may also be interested in participating in EDN as EDN Originators. The network of EDN Originators is comprised of financial institutions, business consultants, associations, law firms and regional investment promotion agencies. EDN Loan and Political Risk Insurance Originators work with business enterprises to develop finance, technical assistance or insurance application packages. Originators assist their business enterprise clients during the application process, from initial screening to approval and negotiation. To become an EDN Originator, click on the Become an EDN Originator button at left.
In addition, EDN has established links with a number of online debt and equity portals which may serve as fruitful partnership links for funding sources seeking sound projects. These links can be found by clicking on the Return to the EDN Search Engine button at left and selecting the Funding Sources option in the EDN Search Engine panel on the left.
THE EDN SEARCH ENGINE ENABLES LENDERS, EQUITY INVESTORS AND DONORS TO:
Harness vast resources with access to projects, timely information, products including OPIC political risk insurance, direct loans, and other valuable offerings
Promote financing capabilities with increased credibility as an EDN participant
Identify potential partners and deals through trained and vetted EDN Originators, other capital providers, government agencies, and NGOs
Champion socially and globally responsible investment processes with a wide audience
THE EDN SEARCH ENGINE
Established in 2007, EDN has developed partnerships with dozens of business service providers (BSP) located around the world. EDN is expanding to include the resources of lenders and equity providers (CAP, or Capital Providers), US and foreign government organizations (GOV), and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO).
The EDN Search Engine gives businesses instant access to EDN partners’ wide range of programs and services, including technical assistance grants, private and public funding, and other business opportunities, services and support.
Ultimately, EDN provides a common platform for business enterprises to find the resources they need from qualified and trusted providers — and for EDN partners to market their portfolios, programs and services directly to the emerging markets they strive to serve.
The EDN Search Engine fills the gap in the global effort to strengthen developing economies by providing instant access to information, tools, and experienced professional assistance — as well as the capital — necessary for success.